Hurrah to the winners of our 26th Annual Art Competition! Read the winning artists’ stories and peek behind the scenes at the jurors’ deliberations.
When you enter pieces into a competition, you’re taking a chance that should either enhance your confidence (you won!) or strengthen your resolve (you could have won; don’t give up!). Typically The Artist’s Magazine’s competition boasts between 10 and 14 thousand entries. A well-known artist screens the entries, narrowing the field so that we, the editors and art director, can choose between 50 and 75 images to send to the judge in each category. Believe me, the competition is keen. Inevitably, works that in other contexts would be deemed exceptional get shunted aside.
How do you increase your chances for success? Submit the highest quality images; make sure you provide the required information. When choosing paintings to enter, consider their level of craftsmanship and also consider their originality. Jane Jones, juror for the Still Life/Floral category, puts it this way: “I want to see things I haven’t seen before, or things I have seen before that are presented in a new way.”
Of this year’s entries, jurors were impressed by the range of images: “There was great diversity in subject matter,” says Jones, “and some very strong pieces. It’s an honor to be asked to be a juror for this show, and it’s very hard to decide on only six winners. This is a tough job!”
Guide to Winners
David N. Kitler, Juror
Jimmy Wright, Juror
Jane Jones, Juror
Nelson Shanks, Juror
Susan Shatter, Juror
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